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Ellis Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

Savannah: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolleybus Sightseeing Tour

1. Savannah: Ghosts & Gravestones Trolleybus Sightseeing Tour

Board the “Trolley of the Doomed” in Savannah for a guided sightseeing trolleybus around America's most haunted city. Look out for ghoulish creatures and venture into River Street’s Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery. Historic Tours of America and Old Town Trolley Tours invite you to explore their premier haunted tour, as they mix some of Savannah’s darker side with a good dose of humor. As the evening hours descend upon you, unseen spirits stroll among the living in the streets and squares. Ride through the Savannah Historic District to see the historic Columbia and Ellis Squares. Pass through the The Savannah Waterfront Association district and admire Madison Square and Savannah's 4-block open-air market, City Market.  Hear tales no other tours will dare tell you, as the shadows play gentle tricks with your mind. Journey through time, and hear ghoulish legends of murder and intrigue. You will also get exclusive nighttime entry into River Street’s Perkins and Sons Ship Chandlery for a truly haunting experience.

Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

2. Savannah: History and Sightseeing Trolley Tour

This 90-minute trolley bus tour is one of the most entertaining ways to get to know the beautiful city of Savannah. Get a fully narrated sightseeing tour, by costumed guides, of one of the largest National Urban Historic Landmarked Districts in the United States. Be guided through more than 270 years of American history, as you journey through Savannah’s historic districts. Ride along cobblestone streets, beneath moss-draped oaks, and experience the Old South with her stately mansions, beautiful squares, romantic riverfront, and abundance of artifacts. The tour departs daily, 7 days a week, every 15-20 minutes from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, giving you plenty of options of when to take your tour.

Savannah: 1-2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

3. Savannah: 1-2-Day Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Explore Savannah with a 1 or 2-day ticket to the hop-on hop-off old town trolley tour. See Reynolds Square, Juliette Gordon Low Historic District, and Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens while listening to the conductors provide a fascinating narrative filled with information about the historic city. Drive down avenues lined with magnolia trees draped in Spanish moss. See stunning architecture, learn about the city from friendly conductor guides, and enjoy the warm southern hospitality that lures millions of visitors to Savannah each year. Hop aboard one of the charming trolleys and experience Transportainment, a delightful combination of transportation and entertainment. Informed conductors narrate the tour with a fun mix of trivia, facts, and humorous stories. Jump off to visit the bamboo collection at Bamboo Farm and Coastal Gardens to explore the historic homes of the Juliette Gordon Low Historic District. Gaze out the window at moss-draped oaks, magnolia trees, and stately mansions as you drive down cobblestone streets. Stop at locations like Reynolds Square where you can see the statue of John Wesley. Enjoy stops at regular intervals and have the freedom to stop at the sights that interest you. With its quaint country squares and historical spots, there is much to see and do in Georgia’s first city.

Historic Downtown Savannah: Guided Segway Tour

4. Historic Downtown Savannah: Guided Segway Tour

Glide along the streets of Savannah on a guided tour for either 60 or 90 minutes, seeing some of the city’s most beautiful and mystifying historical sites. Receive training on operating the Segway, get fitted with a helmet and radio, and then head out on the tour route with an experienced guide. Visit sites where Union soldiers fought and see the home where General William T. Sherman stayed while in Savannah on his march to the sea. Experience the rich history of Savannah while also getting to see the fun and modern side. See the bench where Forrest Gump shared his box of chocolates. Put yourself into the famous bus scene from Forrest Gump and learn a few Hollywood secrets that only the locals know about. Ride around the sites from other movies including Something to Talk About, and The Conspirator. See the lovely Mercer-Williams home from the famous book, and later the movie, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and hear the true story of Mr. Jim Williams. Savannah is known as one of the most haunted cities in America. Ride past some of the haunted homes and hear the stories of their ghostly residents. Continue on past a cemetery as your guide entertains you with stories and reveals which significant historic figure is buried there. The Segway allows you an effortless way to see the Spanish moss hanging from the majestic live oaks, and some of the ironwork found all around the city, such as iron street signs, banisters, and even a beautiful wrought iron sunflower door. Admire the original antebellum architecture, the monuments, war cannons, and fountains that grace the beautiful squares throughout the city. The 90-minute tour option includes a visit to either the Harper Fowlkes House or the Webb Military Museum.

Savannah: 3-Hour First Squares Food Tour

5. Savannah: 3-Hour First Squares Food Tour

This 3-hour food tour takes you on a leisurely walk through the bustling center of Savannah's Historic District. After a meet and greet with your guide you’ll head out on a flavorful and fun adventure, covering around 1.5 miles. Visit 6 area venues, including specialty food stores and restaurants, to sample the fresh flavors of local cuisine. The tasting includes shrimp and grits, shepherd’s pie, pork belly sliders, sausage rolls, and gourmet honey. Some of the establishments that may be on the itinerary are the Savannah Bee Company, Molly MacPherson's Scottish Pub and Grill, Pie Society and The Ordinary Pub. The tour ends near the City Market, the commercial and social center of historic Savannah since the early 1700s. Explore this 4-block area of restored warehouses and storefronts adjacent to Ellis Square. It’s a perfect stop for shopping, dining or just relaxing the rest of the day away.

Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

6. Savannah: Pub Crawl and Ghost Tour

The Haunted Savannah Pub Crawl meets at 7:30 pm in Madison Square. To begin, this walking tour takes you through the Historic District of Savannah. Savannah is considered to be one of the most haunted cities in the country, and this tour takes you in many directions to understand the twists and turns that make up the oddities that happen here on a daily basis. As you begin the tour you will stop off for a beverage of your choice at a local pub and, since Savannah has an open container law, you are able to walk the streets with any type of beverage. Stay hydrated and enjoy the evening tales of this city.

Savannah: Comedy Trolley Tour

7. Savannah: Comedy Trolley Tour

Spice up your trip to Savannah with a ride on the funny side. This original trolley tour is a comedy show on wheels that roasts nearly 300 years of Savannah lore in just 90 minutes.  Hear about Savannah’s deep, complex, and intoxicated past and present, from the founding of the colony of Georgia to the Civil War. Learn little-known Paula Deen trivia, and why every tourist must take a selfie on the Forrest Gump bench. Take the opportunity to enjoy an adult beverage halfway through the tour.  Hosted by the infamous Moron Twins, this outrageous history lesson features entertaining skits, musical numbers, costume changes, and loads of Savannah history. Your hosts have more than 20 years of comedy and tour guide experience between them.

Savannah: Historical Panoramic City Tour

8. Savannah: Historical Panoramic City Tour

Enjoy a 360-degree panoramic tour of historic Savannah from the comfort of a convertible Mercedes Sprinter. Whether the roof is open or closed, you’ll enjoy a full view of the city’s beauty from side to side and above. The 360-degree view is perfect to admire the many church steeples and oak trees of Savannah's Old Town. The adventure tells the colorful story of the city’s past, and the route will take you to the city's main squares. Listen as your guide shares stories of the colorful characters that have made the city so inviting to visitors from all over the world. James Oglethorpe, Johnny Mercer, Juliette Low, Tomochichi, and many others have left their footprint around the squares of Savannah. Mansions, churches, parks, monuments, as well as City Market and River Street will all be viewed comfortably from the bucket seats of the Mercedes panoramic touring coach. Savannah’s Starland District is also included in this tour.

Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

9. Savannah: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Walk

Who would have thought that a story about characters in a sleepy Southern enclave would have created the stir that John Berendt did with his non-fiction novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"? Even the rumors whispered beneath dripping Spanish moss are enough to make a man blush, and it's all true! Just another day in this eccentric city? Savannah Walks is proud to present A Walk through Midnight, a saunter through the pages of Berendt's runaway 1994 bestseller, which Clint Eastwood made into a film in 1997. Guides offer personal insights and observations, as well as recently unearthed stories about the characters in what the people of Savannah have come to call "the book." Some of the guides were even extras in the movie! The guides also have special items of interest to show you along the way. Who knows? On some days you might even see some of the actual characters strolling about the city! No other "book tour" gets you as close as this!

Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

10. Savannah's Urban Forest: the Gates and Gardens Tour

Savannah's legacy as a garden city is firmly rooted in her humble beginnings as a novel agrarian experiment. Today, massive oaks shade stately squares and handcrafted iron gates grace elegant courtyards. This unique walking tour shows you what lies behind the gates of some of Savannah's finest homes. It lets you explore the fauna of this lush forest city. John Berendt, author of the bestseller “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil,” described walking through Savannah this way: "With twenty-two luscious green squares it is like strolling through the rooms of an elegant open air mansion.” Walking Magazine has rated Savannah "one of the 10 Best Walking Cities in America." The tree-lined streets, beautiful squares, magnificent parks and slow Southern pace make it an ideal location for the leisurely yet intimate feel that only a walking tour can provide.

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What people are saying about Ellis Square

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,531 reviews

One of the biggest benefit of this attraction was that they provided a shuttle to pick up from your hotel and to return. (Parking is an issue in Savannah and can be pricey with the constant parking meters). I especially enjoyed the convenience of the frequent leave times and options for either getting off the bus or staying on. Our guide was very knowledgeable of the area and taught us fascinating historical information. We felt that the price was fair.

All tour guides do the same spiel so easy to hop on/off and pick up where you left off. Some if the guides were kind of hard to hear. Good info and a good way to get an overall feel for the city. Would recommend to newcomers. Lots of bus stops and lots of busses. Didn't have to wait long to be picked up

This tour should be a must do for anyone visiting.This was probably the best thing we did during our recent trip to Savannah. Danny and Dannie we absolutely freaking HYSTERICAL my stomach hurt so bad from laughing so hard. This was well worth every penny we paid and I would definitely do this again!!

This was a FUN tour. The twins kept us entertained and even managed to give us a little bit of history. They kept us laughing throughout the tour. We highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fun time.

Teresa was the best! She had so many interesting stories and made every minute enjoyable! We had so much fun with our group. Really was a great tour!